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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 31, 2011 5:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............

Sad. I just don't get where all the money went. Is Lenny's ghost haunting them with his hand in the till? Do they have major(as in number of people) legacy health care costs?
Now PL is battling Willie Nelson for the hardest working musician over 70, though Willie does have a few years over Phil.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 31, 2011 5:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............

Willie was great last night on Letterman with Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones.

BTW, his son's band kicks ass. I really like them.

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Poster: Crazy Otto Date: Apr 1, 2011 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............

I saw Lukas Nelson open for BB King and he totally blew my mind. In fact I am sad to say his band completely outshined BB that night. Of course these days BB can barely play and talks for about 15 minutes between songs.

But definitely catch Lukas live if you can. Highly recommended.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Mar 31, 2011 7:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............

Great minds, part two.
There is always next year BD. Is KI staying?

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Mar 31, 2011 8:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............

I don't know re KI. Of course, I hope so, but it's not like his stock can go any higher. I tend to think he will stay because of a couple of factors: he truly loves the college experience and was extremely frustrated not to be a part of something special this year according to all the reports I get from people on campus and around the program [which counts for nothing] AND, more importantly, he and Austin Rivers are very close and supposedly talk on a daily basis and we would have one of the all time great back courts if he stays, and lastly... NBA lockout. There is something to be said for getting the national college exposure next year and then the endorsements once you get to the next level - especially if the only game people can watch next year is the college one. John Wall makes more now, since in his first contract, from endorsement stuff than he does for salary. A veteran like Shane Battier, who is not a star, makes a boatload in endorsements, a lot of which is in China (thanks to the Yao Ming Rockets' time and Duke's long time immersion in China; thanks Tricky Dick). The Duke team is travelling to China and Dubai this summer. Lots of money to be made in foreign markets and in spreading the game. It's a factor he and his family will certainly keep in mind as he's gone home to speak it over with his folks. He'll do what's best for him and his family. As he should. I don't know a single Duke fan that would begrudge him taking the jump. He played in 11 Duke games and is one of the greatest kids we've ever had.

In other news, Grant Hill became the 15th NBA player to score over 16,000 career points this week. Amazing he's still playing after the crap he went through.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Apr 1, 2011 7:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............

I can't believe Grant Hill is still playing. I feel a bit sorry for him. He could have been a huge NBA star. I'm glad he may be on the edge of a HoF career, oh so quietly.
Also, I can't believe the Dukies are going to Dubai & China. Who is the marketing director for the AD?
CT is in a state of shock re: Final Four. We expected a .500 season w/ all the Freshman. I still think we are amazed that we won the Big East. Should be a good game, though we beat them in Maui. Calhoun and Calipari do not like each other, all the way back to the UMass/UConn days.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 1, 2011 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Groan .............(just for micah)

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke University Men's Basketball team will circle the globe in August 2011, with games scheduled in China and Dubai, Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White announced Friday.

The team will depart August 14 and tip off August 17 in Kunshan, China, a suburb of Shanghai and the location of a new Duke-affiliated campus expected to open in 2012. On August 19 the team will play in Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena, former home of the Shanghai World Expo Culture Center.

On August 22, the team will play its third game in China, in Beijing's MasterCard Center, where Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski led Team USA to a gold medal during the 2008 Olympics. Team USA's performance in Beijing introduced many Chinese basketball fans to Krzyzewski, the legendary coach known to Duke fans and players as "Coach K."

On August 26 the team will end its tour with a game in Dubai, one of the cities in which Duke's Fuqua School of Business has established a significant presence.

"As a global university, Duke is delighted to have this chance to reach out to our passionate fans around the world," said Duke President Richard H. Brodhead. "The success of our men's basketball team is a highly visible symbol of Duke's commitment to excellence every day, across the university, and a wonderful way for people to connect to Duke."

"This global tour presents Duke University with an extraordinary opportunity to expand our brand across the world, using one of its primary assets - Duke Basketball - as the catalyst," said White. "The planning process involved several significant university entities, and is yet another example of the incredibly strong collaboration that exists at Duke.

"While the entire schedule is not yet finalized," White continued, "we are in the process of securing games against formidable competition at each respective location. Mike Cragg, senior associate director of athletics, has been our leader relative to this terribly exciting endeavor. To be sure, he has been both entrepreneurial and tireless in facilitating this exhilarating venture."

The trip was originally conceived by Fuqua School of Business Dean Blair Sheppard and Greg Jones, Duke's vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs, to showcase not only Duke basketball, but also the university's pioneering business education, health, arts, civic engagement and policy-oriented programs around the world.

The visit to Kunshan will highlight Duke's partnership with the local government to build a new university that will include programs in business, global health and other disciplines. Construction of the 200 acre facility is currently under way.

The team will conduct youth basketball clinics in China and the United Arab Emirates. It will also visit historic Chinese gardens, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. In the United Arab Emirates, the team will learn about traditional Emirati culture and commerce as well as about Dubai's rise as a modern business center. In addition, Duke will produce programs for alumni, prospective students and the public to highlight its work in each region.

At the game in Kunshan, students from Duke's Cross Continent MBA class of 2012 will have the opportunity to stand in for the Cameron Crazies - the enthusiastic, face-painted Duke students who cheer in Cameron Indoor Stadium, Duke's home court. The game coincides with the final days of the class's two-week residency in Shanghai.

"We are excited about the opportunity for our team to compete internationally and be exposed to so many significant historical and cultural landmarks," said Krzyzewski. "From my experience in China with the United States Olympic Team in 2008, I know that this is a nation that absolutely loves basketball. I am thrilled that our players will have the chance to experience a country so rich in tradition first-hand. It should be a trip they remember for the rest of their lives."
The Duke men's basketball program broke new international ground just weeks ago with a broadcast in Mandarin Chinese of its Jan. 15 home game versus the University of Virginia. Produced by Duke students, the online radio program marked the first time an ACC basketball game was broadcast in Mandarin.

A limited number of fans will have the chance to join the team for this trip. More information about package sales will be available on GoDuke.com beginning February 24.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Apr 1, 2011 5:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lucas Nelson .............

" It's only been two years and she already hates my dog"...
Lucas was great on Letterman-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3FgN3SayeI

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Apr 1, 2011 4:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lucas Nelson .............Rocks!

Thanks for posting the link. This was the performance I was referring to. First time I saw/heard him and I want more!

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Poster: amosearle Date: Apr 2, 2011 7:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Lucas Nelson .............Rocks!

Paying tribute to Mr. Vaughn at Farm Aid:
The man knows he's from Texas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaPhSZNdAiI